FBI Attorney to Plead Guilty to Falsifying FISA Warrant Against Page

On Friday, the Department of Justice released a document officially charging former FBI attorney Kevin Clinesmith with falsifying the FBI's infamous FISA warrant against Carter Page. It states that Clinesmith "willfully and knowingly make and use a false writing and document, knowing the same to contain a materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statement and entry in a matter before the jurisdiction of the executive branch and judicial branch of the Government of the United States.” He is expected to plead guilty.

Clinesmith is the first to be charged as a result of U.S. Attorney John Durham's investigation into efforts to spy on the Trump campaign and administration which resulted in a lengthy OIG report. As Sean Davis wrote for The Federalist:

Clinesmith’s deliberate falsification of a federal spy warrant was first revealed last December following a lengthy investigation by the Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG), headed by Michael Horowitz. Horowitz and his team wrote in a 434-page report that Clinesmith — identified in the report as “OGC Attorney” — altered an email from a separate U.S. federal agency, believed to be the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), to falsely state that Page had never worked with the CIA to investigate suspected Russia agents operating within the U.S. In fact, as Clinesmith was told by the operative, Page had worked with the CIA previously, as well as with the FBI.

President Trump commented on the forthcoming plea earlier today:

Some prominent Republicans took to Twitter to react to the news:

Just yesterday, Attorney General William Barr hinted at the indictment and that more developments would happen in the coming months. Clinesmith is also known for taking part in other facets of Crossfire Hurricane and for exchanging anti-Trump texts with another FBI lawyer following the 2016 Presidential Election.